Brad Smith Injury: Updates on ARCA Driver's Ankle After Crash at Talladega

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured Columnist

Austin Wayne Self, right, spins into Brad Smith (48) as Bobby Gerhart (5) passes them in the tri-oval during the ARCA Series auto race at Talladega Superspeedway, Friday, May 1, 2015, in Talladega, Ala. (AP Photo/Butch Dill)
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ARCA driver Brad Smith reportedly suffered a fractured ankle Friday during a scary crash at Talladega Superspeedway. He remains hospitalized as a result of the injury.

Continue for updates.


Smith Has Broken Ankle, Still in Hospital

Saturday, May 2

Jeff Gluck of USA Today provided the details of the incident:

Late in the race, as Austin Wayne Self's car spun out and moved up the 2.66-mile trioval, Smith stayed in the gas to try and drive through. But he hit Self's car instead, resulting in a stuck throttle that sent him careening toward an inside wall.

Smith's car got air from a drainage ditch and crushed the SAFER barrier-protected wall nearly head on, then rocketed back onto the track. It caught fire, but Smith was able to guide it back down onto the apron.

He and ESPN's Bob Pockrass also passed along the latest update on the driver's status:

According to the report, Smith is an ARCA veteran who has raced on the circuit since 1998. There was no timetable immediately given for his release from the hospital or his potential return to the track after the injury.  

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